Chia pudding is so simple, only two basic ingredients, and makes the perfect guilt-free filling breakfast.
Years ago I had the best chia pudding at a work conference. It’s about the only good thing that came out of the conference, but it was enough! I’ve finally tinkered and recreated the recipe and it’s delicious. Try it with some homemade waffles!
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Chia Pudding Ingredients
- Chia seeds – These are available at most grocery stores or online.
- Almond milk – Vanilla flavored, we use unsweetened.
- Cinnamon– Cinnamon extract or oil works best.
- Optional – Sweetener, fruit, other garnishes.
How do you make chia pudding? (step-by-step)
⭐ First, whisk together chia seeds and almond milk.
⭐ Next, add extract, and stir to incorporate.
⭐ Then, refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally to eliminate clumping.
⭐ Finally, add garnishes if desired.
Can you make chia seed pudding ahead of time?
Yes, in fact you must. The pudding mixture needs to sit for several hours (or ideally overnight) so the chia seeds can absorb the liquid and create the pudding texture.
What can I use instead of almond milk?
We love this made with almond milk, but it can be prepared with pretty much any liquid. Coconut milk, oat milk, and even traditional whole milk are delicious. The type of liquid is less important than knowing what is the perfect ratio.
Is cinnamon oil safe to eat?
Yes, though this comes with a very serious caveat. Please be sure to only use food-grade cinnamon oil that is intended for cooking and baking. Please do NOT try to cook with therapeutic essential oils.
Alternately you can use cinnamon extract for this recipe. Cinnamon extract is not quite as potent, so you may need to add a little extra.
How do you thicken chia pudding?
Thickening is as easy as adding more chia seeds. This recipe creates a pretty thick result, but you can add more seeds to make it thicker. Start with 1 – 2 teaspoons more at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
Leftovers and storage
How long does chia pudding last?
You can keep chia seed pudding in the refrigerator for 3 – 5 days. For best results, story it in a sealed, air-tight container. We like to store ours in glass mason jars.
Can you freeze chia pudding?
Yes, add the pudding to a freezer safe container with plenty of headroom (mason jars are a great option), then freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Is chia pudding good for you?
Objectively speaking, chia contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat (5 of which are omega-3s), calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, b3, potassium, b1, and b2 per one ounce (28 grams).
Can you eat too much chia pudding?
Chia pudding is delicious, but does contain a lot of fiber, so beware that consuming too much fiber can cause stomach distress. When eaten in normal serving sizes, this should not be an issue.
What does chia pudding taste like?
Chia seeds are flavorless, so they take on the taste of whatever you mix it with. In our case vanilla almond milk and cinnamon. You can flavor the pudding however you like! Consistency-wise it is gelatinous, with a fun crunch from the seeds.
Chia Seed Pudding Variations
🍯 Sweeten your chia pudding by stirring in a teaspoon of honey, maple syrup, or sugar.
🍫 Make a chocolate chia pudding with some cocoa powder.
🍓 Layer in sliced fruit for a parfait style pudding.
🍑 Or stir in pureed fruit for a fruit flavored chia pudding.
💧 Try other extract or oil flavors like vanilla, butterscotch, citrus, or almond.
What to eat with chia pudding (serving suggestions)
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Other pudding recipes to try
- Classic banana pudding
- Pumpkin pudding recipe
- Strawberry shortcake pudding cups
- Pumpkin spice butterscotch pudding cups
Tools we love
- Quart sized wide-mouth mason jars – Perfect for making your pudding, storing it, and even freezing. I love these for leftovers too.
- Mini spatula – These are great for scraping down the sides of your jars.
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How to Make Chia Pudding
- 8 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 cups liquid my preference is unsweetened almond milk
- 4 drops cinnamon oil food grade (or cinnamon extract)
- optional: sweetener (sugar, maple syrup honey), fruit
- Whisk together chia seeds and liquid. Stir in cinnamon.
- Pour into a lidded container (I like to use mason jars).
- Refrigerate several hours or overnight, shaking or stirring occasionally to break up clumps.
- Serve with optional garnishes/add-ins.
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